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Opinion: Why Cuomo’s fall from grace should have happened years ago

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Cuomo also faces a serious scandal related to complaints from his administration misinformed deaths in residences. It’s a remarkably quick drop of grace for a politician who was recently seen as one of the nation’s strongest managers of the Covid-19 pandemic.
But Cuomo did not belong in office even before these allegations came to light, as he has a wide range of them. known be a bully. Before the governor was the last reelectedNew York City Attorney General Jumaane Williams, who lost his candidacy for lieutenant governor in 2018, described Cuomo’s aggressive behavior as “a kind of secret to vocation,” while Cynthia Nixon, who is presented against Cuomo in the democratic primaries, dit, “We’ve all seen it: Andrew the bully. Harass other elected officials. Harass anyone who criticizes him.”
Leaders who foster cultures of fear and set expectations to punish schedules create jobs hostile to women, which also means women’s opinions and issues are less likely to be well represented in their offices. New Yorkers should think hard about their role over and over again re-election a man whose overly aggressive behavior was well documented before these last statements came to light. And we all need to radically revalue the standards by which we maintain our leaders.
I didn’t vote for Cuomo in the 2018 Democratic primaries because I was worried about their management style. Cuomo has a history of launch personal attacks on people who believe him. In 2018, for example, when public radio reporter Karen DeWitt confronted Cuomo over allegations of sexual harassment against a member of her administration and asked her what changes she could consider in her office’s policies, Cuomo criticized DeWitt for what he was doing. described as “bad service to women” by doing her job as a journalist and asking her the question. And it certainly doesn’t seem to have changed. Just last month, New York Assembly member Ron Kim said Cuomo called him while Kim bathed his children and threatened to “destroy” him if he didn’t. support Cuomo during the nursing home scandal. Cuomo’s adviser denied that the governor threatened to destroy Kim.
The governor has also been widely described by employees as creating a stressful and demanding culture for long hours. Friday, amid many disturbing allegations, The New York Times reported that several of his aides “remembered having to take short vacations or miss their children’s birthday parties for seemingly minor tasks, such as transcribing television interviews with local politicians in other states that Mr. Cuomo feared some day they could become political rivals “. The office denied the allegations.
When bosses expect this type of overwork, by definition they create unfair environments for women, especially mothers. This is so, as I have done before written, working women take on, on average, much more responsibility in household chores and childcare than working men and therefore cannot devote the same kind of long hours to their work.

And, of course, the more difficult it is for women to work in an administration, the more difficult it is for women’s perspectives to be represented. That is why, regardless of the latest allegations against Cuomo, it has long been clear that he is not a friend of women and has no place in office.

But Cuomo is far from the only leader guilty of creating a culture that is unwelcome to the workplace for women. Business and political leaders should examine whether they are responsible for instilling environments that exclude women, and as voters, consumers, and shareholders, we must stop tolerating these qualities in our leaders.

Take former President Barack Obama (I was a Treasury spokesman in his administration). Obama has a reputation for being a friend of women and there has never been any smell of sex scandal around him. But she learned that the tendency of other men on her senior staff to shout, curse, interrupt, and take over other people’s ideas during policy debates left older women in her White House “feeling diminished, ignored and increasingly reluctant to express their views,” he wrote in his 2020 autobiography “A Promised Land.”

He responded by taking responsibility. Obama wrote that hearing this “forced me to look in the mirror and ask myself to what extent I may have my own inclination toward masculinity (my tolerance for a certain towel atmosphere at meetings, the enjoyment that I enjoyed in a good verbal fair). contributed to his discomfort “.

Obama deserves huge credit for being receptive to feedback and examining the unconscious and unconscious ways in which he contributed to a difficult job for women. Other leaders have long followed suit. And if we all stopped voting for bullies and buying products from companies that didn’t promote inclusive jobs, the world would be a much friendlier place for women.

It is not news that Governor Cuomo is a harasser. While there is no excuse for his behavior, New Yorkers also have a certain responsibility to choose to repeatedly elevate him to power. Now, it’s time for us all to review the values ​​we want our leaders to embody and withdraw support for the types of men who, intentionally or unintentionally, retain women.

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